Birds, birds, and more birds
Last week I was at one of my favorite stores in the world – Essentials in Northampton, Massachusetts. The store isn’t big by any means but they have a great mix of products – stuff for the kitchen, notecards and wrapping paper, rubber stamps, kids clothes, a esoteric selection of books including craft and cookbooks, beautiful upholstered furniture, custom invitations, and way more. It has a spacious, airy feeling and the merchandise mix changes frequently so there is always something new to look at. A couple years ago, I taught a couple embroidery classes there. Their clientelle is of all ages and the people who work there are so warm and friendly. It’s hard to leave without buying something.
I ran into Colette the manager – I love to talk with her because she is witty, funny and has a great eye for trends both current and upcoming. She’s the one who set up my embroidery class and she frequently does craft classes of her own. She's very nice to my daughter Julia too. I mentioned to her that I felt like everything I was seeing lately was beginning to look the same. It’s beginning to baffle me – perhaps I just shop and look at stores and magazines that all are featuring the same darn aesthetic. I’m becoming a bit bored with it all. If I see one more white kitchen with stainless steel appliances I think I am going to lose it.
The conversation turned to the little bird motif that is just darn everywhere. I asked her what it was with the birds? I mean, yes, they are cute – but do they have to be on everything? She told me that whatever they bring in with a bird on it flies out the door immediately and she doesn’t see the trend stopping. So should I give in and design an embroidered pillow with a little bird on it? Should I write a book on knitting birds? Just joking.
A few days later this flock of birds was in our yard at sunset. They kept flying up and scattering, then landing again in a neighboring tree. There were hundreds of them. The light was just lovely giving them an almost golden glow. I think I will just stick to looking at the birds outside for awhile. I've got too much other stuff to do anyway.
What’s the next trend? Anyone want to guess?